He was the hero against Everton, scoring twice and setting up Salomon Rondon to complete an incredible comeback against the Toffees.
We’ve seen something of a resurgence from Perez, who had struggled at the start of the season. And his form resulted in a lot of criticism from supporters.
In turn, the forward responded with his ‘fingers in ears’ celebration.
The 25-year-old moved to Newcastle in 2014 from Tenerife. Considering he only cost £1.5million, he’s been an absolute bargain. Perez has been inconsistent throughout his time at the club, but he has had some incredible purple patches.
Over the summer he was linked with a move back to Spain with Real Betis, and he has told Marca that he would like to play in La Liga at some point in his career.
“I am very grateful to Newcastle, but it is obvious that someday I would like to come back and play in La Liga,” Perez said when asked about possibly returning to Spain.
While he has made his intentions clear, Perez was still complimentary towards Newcastle, so by no means is a move home imminent. At 25, he still has a long career ahead of him.
Newcastle fans react to Perez comments
Alan Shearer went away from home then came back. Can’t knock the lad for being honest
— John Taylor (@jayteeto69) March 14, 2019
Does sound like he wants to be in the shop window with the ways he’s currently playing tho…
— Toon (@solaidback69) March 14, 2019
Fair enough. He has been a good servant.
— Crankxit (@NUFC_OurClub) March 14, 2019
Well if he keeps up his recent form he’d be worth a few quid.
— Toe Knee (@ToeKneesTweets) March 14, 2019
Tbh I doubt anyone but th3 biggest clubs in Spain can afford him. would cost a minimum 20m I’d imagine!
— Mobin Hussain (@Mobs_) March 14, 2019
He’s certainly improved and I for one wouldn’t begrudge him a move away. We should give him a new contract to make sure we don’t lose out on any future transfer fee. His current deal expires in 2021 which could see him leave for a reduced fee or no fee.
— Neil C (@onlytooninciren) March 14, 2019
The reaction hasn’t actually been as negative as you’d imagine.
While he has opened up the possibility of leaving, it’s not as if he’s begging to leave right now. A lot of fans were actually okay with the prospect of Perez departing, with one fan even comparing his situation to the great Alan Shearer.
Unless Perez starts scoring at the rate that Shearer did, I don’t think the likes of Real Madrid or Barcelona will be calling.